The treatment method developed by the researchers form MUW enters the implementation phase

The researchers from MUW will carry out a research and implementation project on the treatment of respiratory failure in the course of COVID-19 with the use of a helmet, non-invasive ventilatory support and high-flow oxygen therapy (HFO2T).

On December 28, 2020, The National Center for Research and Development has announced the results of the competition for the research projects submitted as part of the project entitled "Supporting the single-name hospitals to combat the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection and to treat COVID-19".  Among 31 projects that received positive appraisal and were qualified for financing is a project of a team of researchers from the Medical University of Warsaw which will be implemented in consortium with the Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration in Warsaw.

The authors of the project and the persons who will lead its implementation are: Łukasz Wróblewski, MD, from the 2nd Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care UCC MUW and Prof. Rafał Krenke from the Department of the Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Allergy UCC MUW.

The purpose of this project is to design and construct an optimal helmet for the treatment of acute hypoxemic respiratory failure with devices that deliver oxygen and create positive airway pressure, and to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the treatment using these devices. Among the peripheral devices adapted to work with the helmet, the apparatus for maintaining positive airway pressure with a system for monitoring conditions inside the helmet as well as the vital signs, should be mentioned in particular. The signals from these devices will be used to seamlessly control parameters of oxygen therapy. After the certification and the development of standards, these devices will have potential for use in the treatment of respiratory failure in the course of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.

Photographs: Photo-medical Department MUW

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